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Getting real about regulation – why it won’t make fracking safe

Feb 11, 2014 4 Comments
The British government has acknowledged the potential harms of fracking for unconventional gas - yet claimed that regulation in Britain is more stringent than in other countries and that it is therefore possible to prevent negative impacts. However in this article Brian Davey argues that in the light of all the evidence the only safe way of managing this issue is to ban fracking altogether as has happened in a number of other countries.
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The Unacceptable Impacts of Coal Seam Gas and Shale Gas Extraction

Dec 10, 2013 Comments Off on The Unacceptable Impacts of Coal Seam Gas and Shale Gas Extraction
Brian Davey marshals evidence from the USA and Australia in order to make the case against fracking, an industry with a track record of alienating communities and doing a great deal of environmental damage.
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The market for delusion on climate change

Oct 07, 2013 Comments Off on The market for delusion on climate change
With economism functioning as a foundational religion underpinning the general orientation of market based society, it is incredibly unsettling to the faithful to hear the message of climate science because it implies that the free market does not, after all, automatically deliver collective well being. A third extract from Brian Davey's book Credo.
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Entrepreneurship – the narrative of destructive creation

Sep 16, 2013 Comments Off on Entrepreneurship – the narrative of destructive creation
Entrepreneurs are often assumed to play a heroic role in the economy, with some shades of tragedy. In a second excerpt from his new book Brian Davey argues that the heroism of entrepreneurs may be somewhat exaggerated, whereas the tragedy is probably downplayed. Co-operative approaches to doing business generally prove to be more compatible with the real world.
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Syria and the Limits to Growth

Sep 06, 2013 Comments Off on Syria and the Limits to Growth
Why is Syria experiencing so many problems, and why are some Western governments so eager to intervene? Brian Davey argues that Syria's woes are actually rooted in the ecological crisis.
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Information, preferences, knowledge and belief

Aug 10, 2013 1 Comment
It is often not appreciated that human attention is a scarce good. The everyday life of many people precludes their getting much information about ecological systems and nature, or forming deep “preferences” that would mean that they would seek to protect it. By contrast, the aboriginal mentality tends to assume that land care is the main purpose of life. Rather than land belonging to them, they belong to the land. By Brian Davey.
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Earth, Air, Fire and Water: Evolving Global Commoning

Jun 06, 2013 Comments Off on Earth, Air, Fire and Water: Evolving Global Commoning
This short presentation was prepared by Brian Davey for a side event at the recent "Economics and the Commons" conference held in Berlin. It provides practical suggestions for the formation of a global commons partnership of participants and practitioners in existing commons, in order to help defend them and to develop new commons-based projects.
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Degrowth in Slovenia

May 02, 2013 1 Comment
This talk given by Brian Davey last month in Slovenia describes many of the challenges faced by small peripheral states in the current world economy and provides an overview of solutions put forward by Feasta and its partners.
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Degrowth in a small peripheral European state

Mar 25, 2013 3 Comments
Could a small peripheral state be a pioneer for adapting to degrowth? Brian Davey comments on two articles on the economy of Croatia that were recently published by the Green European Journal. The first article by Igor Matutinovic calls for green growth while the second, by the left-green Group 22, argues that we need to move away from the growth-based economic paradigm. Brian reflects on the two sides' arguments and suggests policies to help promote a paradigm shift in the Croatian economy.
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Economics and Moral Philosophy

Sep 10, 2012 Comments Off on Economics and Moral Philosophy
In this talk given to the Cafe Economique in Nottingham on August 30 Brian Davey takes us on a lightning tour of economic thought from the ancient Greeks onwards, describing the increasingly shaky relationship between economics and moral philosophy.
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Report from the McPlanet conference

May 07, 2012 2 Comments
Broken promises and naive expectations - that's how many people at the McPlanet Conference held recently in Berlin clearly felt about the last two decades of global environmental policy. They believe that an imperfect-but-better alternative exists: protecting and enhancing the commons and community-based protection of biological resources worldwide, including in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa where land-grabbing is currently rife.
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Comment on Busy doing nothing – seven reasons for humanity’s inertia in the face of critical threats and how we might remove them by Brian Davey

Feb 02, 2012 Comments Off on Comment on Busy doing nothing – seven reasons for humanity’s inertia in the face of critical threats and how we might remove them by Brian Davey
I'm not sure why I am critised at the beginning of this comment. The evolutionary psychology, if such it is, was by Mark Rutledge. I made clear that I had differences with him.
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Why bringing the bankers to heel is so important…

Dec 14, 2011 Comments Off on Why bringing the bankers to heel is so important…
There are really three dimensions to the current crisis: the banking and finance dimension of elite fraud; a crisis of uneven development accentuated by competition that has reached outer limits; and a limits to growth crisis. Action to clear up any one of these problems will not succeed without our working on the others as well.
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